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Honors 410: Research Design (Phelps): Recommended resources

Suggestions and resources for the library aspects of your research project.

Which academic discipline will help you the most?

This list will link you to research guides for all of the different disciplines we teach at UNLV.  In these guides, subject librarians recommend databases that will help you connect with the work of other researchers in that discipline.  I anticipate that many of your questions will be addressed in the disciplines below.  Sometimes the fit between question and discipline isn't clear cut -- I'm happy to help!:

  • Anthropology
  • Business & Economics
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Journalism & Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies

Keyword searching in a database

Main Concept Variations Specifying Concept Variations

"Electric cars"

"Electric vehicles"

"Electric vehicles" AND "charging stations"

Specifying research content

consumers (general)

attitudes (general)







Specifying research methods




"content analysis"

"market analysis"

"polling data"

"census data"

So, if you want to learn about how education level influences attitudes toward electric vehicles, search

"electric vehicles" AND education

If you want to learn about how researchers have used surveys to learn more about attitudes toward electric cars, search

"electric vehicles" AND surveys

Citation Searching -- What comes before?

If you find a useful source in another researcher's bibliography, you can usually find it by copying and pasting the title of the article or book into Quicksearch.

Try it with these citations:

  • Egbue, Ona, and Suzanna Long. 2012. “Barriers to Widespread Adoption of Electric Vehicles: An Analysis of Consumer Attitudes and Perceptions.” Energy Policy 48 (September): 717–29.
  • Brownstein, Arthur M. Renewable Motor Fuels : the Past, the Present and the Uncertain Future. 1st edition. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2015.
  • Ensslen, Axel, Alexandra-Gwyn Paetz, Sonja Babrowski, Patrick Jochem, and Wolf Fichtner. “On the Road to an Electric Mobility Mass Market—How Can Early Adopters Be Characterized?” In Markets and Policy Measures in the Evolution of Electric Mobility, 21–51. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2015.

Citation Searching -- What comes after?

If you find a very relevant source that is at least a year old, you can usually use Google Scholar to find studies that cite that source.  It's a good way to find more recent information that addresses closely related research questions.

  • Copy and paste the title of the article or book into Google Scholar (
  • Click the "Cited By" link beneath the record.  This will generate a list of studies that cite the source.

If you are using a library computer, Google Scholar records should include a link to "Find Text @ UNLV" that searches our library system with just one click.

If you are using your personal device, you can set up similar links in Google Scholar by going to

  • Settings
  • Library links
  • Searching for University of Nevada Las Vegas and checking the box.

What if the library doesn't have it?

Get it through Interlibrary Loan:

  • It only takes 2 business days.
  • The Library covers all the costs -- you pay nothing.
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